Tide’s Thomp­son head­ing to NFL

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SCOREBOARD -

All-Amer­ica safety Deionte Thomp­son joined a grow­ing crowd of Alabama play­ers leav­ing early for the NFL draft. Thomp­son is the sixth Crim­son Tide un­der­class­man to an­nounce his de­ci­sion to leave early.

Thomp­son was a con­sen­sus All-Amer­i­can in his first sea­son as the starter. He made 79 tack­les and had two in­ter­cep­tions and four forced fum­bles. Thomp­son is widely pro­jected as a po­ten­tial first-round pick.

Corner­back Saiv­ion Smith an­nounced Satur­day that he’s turn­ing pro. A day ear­lier, left tackle Jonah Wil­liams, de­fen­sive line­man Quin­nen Wil­liams, tail­back Josh Ja­cobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr. all de­clared for the draft.

North Carolina State added for­mer West Vir­ginia de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tony Gib­son to its coach­ing staff. Coach Dave Do­eren said that Gib­son will be the co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and safeties coach.

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